NBC Peacock proves it does reboots right with season two of the popular 90’s sitcom Saved by the Bell.
Haskiri Velazquez returns to play Daisy Jiménez, an unapologetic leader and an advocate for justice - someone that we all need in our own lives. Luckily, Velazquez shares many of the same outgoing qualities which are setting her up for a bright acting career.
While the Washington Heights native grew up with classic sitcoms and television shows, she acknowledges that while entertaining, they didn’t really represent her own identity and actually portrayed her Latina culture in a negative light. Luckily, with the prevalence of reeboots, new stories can be reframed from a more inclusive perspective.
“Reboots are definitely fun features which can draw in both new audiences, and fans of the classic show. However, the reboot has to show the change that is going on in today’s world," said Haskiri.
Through Velazquez’s own acting she hopes to contribute to change while setting a new standard for inclusivity.
“I want to have my own production company one day and create and write stories that are real and authentic and give a voice to those who don’t have one," said Haskiri.
Velazquez portrays that authenticity through her roles and characters. From a more diverse cast, to a plot about real life problems in the school system, the Saved by the Bell reboot is definitely making strides to portray the experiences of all groups.
Through the character of Daisy, Velazquez is able to actually relive high school (I know, a nightmare for most of us) through a completely different perspective.
“My high school situation couldn’t be more opposite. I wanted to be on set, I wanted to learn acting skills and audition. I wanted to be in acting class, not high school," said Haskiri.
While Velazquez’s own identity in high school was focused on her acting future, her character is passionate about running for Student President, organizing events to raise money, and, of course, getting straight As along the way.
How does the young actress get into character to portray this character whose experiences differ from her own?
“I get into the character by embodying the person from an outside perspective. Wearing the clothes they would wear, or listening to their music gets me into the mindset of the character," said Haskiri.
Along with these useful tips, Velazquez shared an important aspect of how she personally approaches acting.
“Approach every situation with an open-mind," said Haskiri.
This quality is essential, especially in acting, and is shared by all of Velazquez’s strong female inspirations like Jennifer Lopez and Gino Rodriquez - just to name a few.
While the new season is currently available on Peacock, Velazquez gave us a teaser for what to expect from Daisy.
“I think there's an epiphany to her in season two with what she really wants out of her life. I think it’s going to be fun for fans to kind of see that… and not everything is what you might expect," said Haskiri.
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